The day to day operation of Restless Development is led by our Senior Management Team which is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and 5 International Directors.
Nik Hartley is the CEO of Restless Development – a global leader in placing young people at the forefront of local and global development processes.
Nik is a qualified development educationalist, with two decades of both hands-on and executive leadership in youth-focused and youth-led programming and policy-influence. Nik has lived and worked alongside young people in southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for extensive periods of his adult life.
“I simply love that we have never let go of the fact that whatever the ambition, challenge or request, we have set out to prove that young people can; every person who joins as a volunteer or staff member, over delivers time and again. And through that the cause, to place youth at the forefront of everything, is coming to fruition”
With over a decade of experience in international development spanning Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, Perry serves as Restless Development’s Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to Restless Development, Perry worked with at-risk youth in Nicaragua, community development in Dominican Republic, Panama and Costa Rica, and with volunteer-led development in Paraguay. Perry joined Restless Development in 2009 as the Country Director in Uganda before taking a roving consultant role on the Senior Management Team in 2011. He began his new role as COO in London in October 2012.
“My favourite thing about Restless Development is our culture. I love that we are truly a values-led agency, that we empower young people to drive our work, and that we're rewarded for all of this with the kind of serious results that allow us to influence policy & decision-making all the way up to the biggest global processes.”
Gemma joined Restless Development in March 2011 as Head of the Investment & Partnerships Unit, with a role focused on managing our fundraising and marketing team. She also previously worked as the Director of Investment & Partnerships, and is currently the Business Director. Gemma has over 10 years’ experience in the international development sector focused specifically on fundraising and partnership development.
Gemma started her career at HTSPE, a private sector development consultancy before going on to support cutting edge policy research at The ODI; specialised in Trust & Foundation fundraising at Christian Aid and set up a Business Development Unit for SNV based in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“My favourite thing about Restless Development is our unique approach to bringing about change in the world. We see young people as an asset, with agency and ability to lead change and development. Not many organisations have such a positive, strength-based approach at their heart. It gives Restless Development a unique culture, and our staff and volunteers have an amazing energy and passion for our work.”
Alex joined Restless Development in 2014 as the UK Director, before becoming our Director of Strategy in 2016. Prior to that she worked at WaterAid, Save the Children, Global Campaign for Education, Robin Hood Tax campaign and Comic Relief. She's a geographer by training and a feminist by heart. She spent most of the last decade in South Africa and Kenya before moving back to London.
"I am regularly balled over by the compassion, power and creativity of our staff and volunteers. Working at Restless Development it's impossible not to feel positive about global change and the real part we can all play."
Ben is our International Finance Director and leads the global finance team to provide efficient and value for money services.
Having worked in commercial finance for a number of years, Ben left his role at Lloyds Bank in 2007 and moved with his young family to join Restless Development in Tanzania. Ben worked in our Iringa office as Finance Manager for 2 ½ years before returning to the UK. He continued to support the International Finance team in a consultative role until 2014 when he was appointed as Finance Director. Ben lives in Bristol and works from the London office 2 days a week.
“My favourite thing about Restless Development is the people, their amazing commitment and drive, and the evident positive impact of our activities in the communities we support."
Kate heads our International People and Performance team based in London to support our global staffbase of over 300.
Having volunteered in Uganda with Restless Development in 2001, Kate joined as a staff member in 2003 working first with the Programmes and then the Finance team in our Uganda office. In 2010, Kate joined our head office as International Head of Finance before being appointed as our People and Performance Director in 2013.
“The speed and agility with which Restless Development evolves is both fascinating and healthy. We have worked with several generations of young people and I am so proud to work with an agency that not only understands the changing environment in which we work, but has sufficient flexibility and structure built into it to truly address emerging issues young people face.”
Ed leads our International Programmes team based in London and Delhi.
Ed started his Restless journey as a volunteer in Uganda in 1999. From there he went on to help set up Restless Development’s operations in Zambia, where he stayed for 5 years, leading the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team, before taking on the role of Country Director in Sierra Leone. On return to the UK, Ed became an International Trustee for Restless Development whilst completing a Masters in Development Policy and Management. He re-joined Restless Development’s leadership team as International Director of Programmes in 2012.
“I am continually inspired by Restless Development’s commitment to innovation. Our fast-paced, determined and flexible approach enables us to take risks, grab hold of opportunities and achieve impressive results.”